Fun Kids Science Weekly

Iceberg as big as London and why do we get wrinkly fingers in water?

A huge iceberg the size of London recently broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica – and it’s exposed a massive seabed that’s been hidden beneath the ice for up to 120,000 years! Dr Katrin Linse is leading a mission next y…

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A secret Soviet Union experiment and when Britain was buried under ice!

Did you know that 25,000 years ago Britain was buried under miles of ice? We know this by looking at the landscape that the ice carved out and the soils left behind – like mud that formed at the bottom of lakes, that were created when the glaciers…

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Guest: Tim Peake – How to become an astronaut & life in space

Major Tim Peake is our guest this week! Tim is a British astronaut who spent six months on board the International Space Station last year – and is only the seventh person from the UK to ever go to space! Tim chats to Dan about the incredible thin…

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Tunnelling under London and what came first – the chicken or the egg?

Crossrail is one of Europe’s biggest engineering projects ever, involving 26 miles of tunnels under London. Chris Binns is a chief engineer from the project and tells Dan about immense job of digging right underneath the capital and the challenges they…

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Everything you’ve ever wondered about stars with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist and the author of ‘Star Finder for Beginners’. Maggie joins Dan in the studio to chat about stars – from what stars actually are to how you can spot incredible constellations by looking at the night sky….

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Singing bats and meet the really, lonely iceberg!

Bats might seem scary but they’re incredible animals – and they play an important role in our environment. Hannah Van Hesteren is an expert from the Bat Conservation Trust and she’s answering all our questions about bats, like are they really blind and…

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Hurricane chaos and the wild dogs that sneeze to vote!

This week, we answer all your questions about the hurricane chaos that’s happening! Jo Camp is a senior scientist at the Met Office and she chats to Dan all about hurricanes, tornadoes and why there are so many going on at the moment.
Plus, learn that…

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The world’s smelliest flower and why do our ears pop?

Nathan Mansbridge, storyteller at The Eden Project, chats to Dan all about the Corpse Flower, a giant stinky plant that gives off a smell likened to rotting fish, or ripe camembert! 
Plus, we explore gravity with the Space Cadets, Harry and Terry…

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Tyrannosaurus Rex and how BBC’s Planet Earth was filmed

James Aldred is a pro tree climber, cameraman and adventurer, who has spent his life travelling the world filming wildlife for the BBC. Dan chats to James about filming one of the most iconic shots for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series and disco…

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The man moving to Mars and could humans turn invisible?

Ryan MacDonald is one of 100 candidates for the Mars One project, that hopes to set up a human community on Mars. If it all goes to plan, Ryan will be leaving Earth in 2031 – and never coming back! We call up Ryan to find out more about his ambitions.

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